The virtual run everyone should do

This past week, I lost my brother-in-law Dale to cancer. He was only 44 years old, and was a husband, father to four kids, brother, son, friend–he was so much to so many people. His loss leaves a hole in my inlaws’ hearts that will never be repaired.

Cancer sucks, plain and simple. I know I am not alone in having suffered loss to this horrible disease. Which is why I want to encourage all of you to consider being a part of the Rev3 Virtual Run Across America that begins on March 26. The run serves as a fundraiser to the Ulman Cancer Fund, an organization right here in my town that is designed to help young people living with the disease. This is a population that often falls through the cracks when it comes to support services for cancer, and the Ulman Fund picks up those pieces.

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Cancer survivor Jessica Protasio

A great example of how Ulman works is Jessica Protasio, a 28-year old survivor of liver cancer. When she was diagnosed two years back, Jessica had recently lost both parents and was therefore missing what would have been a big part of her support structure. After diagnosis, she was put in contact with Ulman and the organization gave her support through surgeries, a liver transplant, treatment, and more. With a heavy focus on healthy living through its Team Fight, Ulman also turned Jessica on to running. Today she is a survivor, an athlete, and an incredible inspiration to anyone who has the chance to meet her. You can read more about her story here.

For me, hearing stories like Jessica’s helps a bit with the pain of loss. Knowing that people do beat this disease and go on to thrive is a great feeling. The virtual run across America gives us all a way to channel the pain of loss and dealing with a disease like cancer into something positive.

I encourage each of you to consider getting on board with this run. The run is centered around teams of runners, each kicking in miles and/or donations. Here’s how it will go down:

Every day from March 26- April 16, 2012 a select member from you team will e-mail and report your clubs total miles for the day.

  • Each member of your club/team can log as many miles as they want over the 21 days.
  • On April 16th your clubs total miles will be added up and then divided by the number of participants of your club to give you an average miles per person. That average will be your overall points.
  • You will also be given points for fundraising. Rev3 Tri has a donation page at:  Member of your club/friends/family ANYONE can donate in your clubs name.
  • On April 16th all donations in support of your club will be totaled and divided by the total number of athletes in your club, it will then by multiplied by two. Donating = more points than running!
    • For example if you have 100 members of your club participating and you run a total of 500 miles in the given time, you will receive 5 points for miles ran. If you fundraised $3,000 for your 100 member club you will have an average of $30 per person multiplied by 2 giving you $60 per person. 5+60= 65 total points.
  • On April 16th your overall mileage and total fundraising will be added together for a grand total, whichever team has the highest number will be the winner.

Let me know if you decide to join in–I’d love to hear your stories!

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  1. My heart breaks at how cancer hurts! I am so sorry for your loss! So very sad! I understand all to well and want to do more as well. I am organizing a virtual team as well….so come check it out if you want to log some miles!
    Harmony recently posted..Awaken the AbsMy Profile

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Cancer seems to have touched everyone in some way… I’ll look into putting together a virtual team. Thanks for this post and bringing awareness to this cause!
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  3. Forty four is just so young. My thoughts are with your family and your in-laws.
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  4. I am so sorry to hear this. Your family is in my prayers.
    Tracy recently posted..My first real trail runMy Profile

  5. I’m so sorry MZ. Cancer is just so insidious. Thanks for the reminder about the race. I’ve been meaning to join Harmony’s team.
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  6. I’m sorry for your loss Zippy.

    I think it’s a beautiful idea.

    I lost my dad to cancer 12 years ago and recently a guy at work his girlfriend her cancer came back and she can’t be treated anymore, she’s 32. Cancer sucks!
    Fran recently posted..Monday February 27, 2012: The mishmash editionMy Profile

  7. I am so sorry to hear about Dale. 44 years old. Wow.

    No one is untouched by cancer these days, which shows how prevalent and common it is. This run is a wonderful way to raise awarenss and much needed funds.
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  8. Awful.. My father died of cancer when I was 12.
    Mamarunsbarefoot recently posted..A Battle of the WindsMy Profile

  9. thank you so much for sharing this information.
    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your brother in law, dale 44 is too young :(
    I will run in his honor!!
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  10. I’m so sorry for your loss. It breaks my heart to think about. Thank you for bringing attention to this cause.
    runblondie26 recently posted..1st Race of my 31st YearMy Profile

  11. I’m so very sorry for your loss.
    Raquelita recently posted..The Long RunMy Profile

  12. I’m so, so sorry for your loss. I’ve been reading quite a bit about this race, I’ll be involved for sure.
    Molly recently posted..My week so far.My Profile

  13. i am so sorry for your loss. 44 is too young to go. i hope his wife and children are holding up ok. thinking of you.
    Denise recently posted..Lola, Work and SocksMy Profile

  14. Sorry for your family’s loss.

    I’m hearing way too much about cancer these days. I sure wish with all the research done, we could find a cure. Maybe one day. It’s events like the virtual run and everyone elses efforts that might make that day a reality.
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  15. So sorry for your loss. The virtual team run seems like a great idea. As the time comes closer I will look for some way to contribute!

  16. Oh I am so sorry for your loss. Cancer is awful, he was so young. Again I’m sorry.
    Fueled by Spite recently posted..Tri-Cities half marathonMy Profile

  17. I’m so sorry. Cancer is such an asshole.

    I’ve joined Harmony’s team already, and will be running.
    Heather recently posted..Race on the Base Recap, and PFTWMy Profile

  18. What a great cause and a fun and creative event!
    Hikermom recently posted..A Running Moms Life Or A SignMy Profile

  19. I am so sorry to hear about your loss. Both my mother and my aunt are cancer survivors, so it’s in my family.

    I am going to bring this up to my running group and try to get them involved.
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  20. I am so sorry for your loss. 44 – that is just not right. What an amazing story about Jessica and an amazing organization – thanks for sharing! The virtual run sounds like a great idea!
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  21. I’m so sorry to hear about your brother in law. I like your virtual plan – I’ll see if I can get of my other buds on board (heck, we’ll be running anyway).
    Kathy R recently posted..Spring Fever and The Inaugural-Colorado-Grandma-Lill-Half-MarathonMy Profile

  22. My aunt had breast cancer a few years ago and beat it. I am so glad she was able to beat the disease because I don’t know what I would have done if she didn’t make it. So sorry to hear about your loss. And I didn’t get your email from yesterday :( My email address should be correct on this comment – not sure what happened.
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  23. I’m so sorry for you and your families loss. Cancer sucks. What a great cause to support & share!
    Dash recently posted..Parade Mile 2012 – Alexandria, VA – PhotosMy Profile

  24. 44….that is my husband’s age..way too young….
    I am so sorry for your loss …this is so sad
    I hate cancer
    I am signed up for 2 races for cancer.
    Caroline recently posted..Gait analyseMy Profile

  25. Cancer sucks!! I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
    Missy recently posted..Ragnar is long, this is longerMy Profile

  26. Sorry to hear for your families loss. Cancer sucks having been a ‘victim’ of losing a loved one (my father) early in his life as well (49.)
    Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race recently posted..Ironman Texas Training – Week #10My Profile

  27. janae@hungryrunnergirl says:

    I am so sorry about Dale. Cancer is such an awful thing and I can’t imagine what your family is going through right now. Thinking of you!

  28. I’m so sorry for your loss. 44 is just so young! So awful.

    I’ll be keeping my ears open for a virtual team…
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  29. I’m sorry for your loss A. So young. Cancer is awful and I only began to learn about the Ullman group through Harmony. Nice to know there is a support network for young adults too.
    Jess @ Blonde Ponytail recently posted..Tuesday Trainer & Happy Zzzzz’sMy Profile

  30. So, so sorry for your family’s loss.
    Pam recently posted..Tuesday TidbitsMy Profile

  31. Amanda, Very sorry for your family. It is never easy but losing someone at only 44yo is not right.

    Thank you for sharing Jessica’s story – she is an inspiration!
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  32. I’m very sorry to hear about your brother in law.

  33. We should do this!

  34. I am so so sorry that your family has lost Dale and that he suffered so long with cancer. Thanks so much for the info on the race.

    Hugs to you and your family!
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  35. I’m so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law. I have a few friends – far too young – who are dealing with cancer right now. It’s really scary. Are you organizing a team? I’m not running a ton of miles right now as races start this weekend, but I’d love to be involved.
    Abby @ Have Dental Floss, WIll Travel recently posted..The more things change…My Profile

  36. Oh, how sad… I’m so sorry your family has to lost someone so young… thanks for putting out the word about this virtual run. I’m planning to run it with Harmony’s team, and am thrilled it’s being organized for such a good cause.
    Laura recently posted..Weekend long run and ChangesMy Profile

  37. so sorry about your brother in law. 44 is too young.

    what an amazing run for such an important cause! wish i was part of a running group, i’d totally spread the word for you.
    marissa recently posted..what a yummy treat!My Profile

  38. i’m sorry to hear about your BIL! :( but you are awesome for turning around and supporting a great cause such as the ulman cancer fund. prayers to you and your family.
    lindsay recently posted..five for fridayMy Profile

  39. I am so very sorry for your loss. Cancer Sucks! I have been there and feel your pain. I wish you and your family an abundance of wonderful memories of your brother in-law, and pray for support and strength during such a difficult time.
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  40. Oh I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your brother-in-law, Dale!

    Cancer is just unbelievable, amazing how it hurts SO many people who are affected by it and their families.

    That virtual run sounds like an amazing way to support people affected by cancer– my heart goes out to Jessica, what an amazing story!
    Katherine @ Neon Blonde Runner recently posted..18 Mile Run and Beach EscapeMy Profile

  41. My heart breaks to hear about your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Cancer is horrible. I’m sorry you or any of us have to deal with it and the destruction it causes.

    Thank you for sharing about this run. What an amazing way to help and support younger people living with cancer.

  42. So sorry for your family’s loss. Very young indeed.
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  43. I am so sorry to hear about this. Sending you all lots of warm thoughts and heartfelt prayers.
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  44. I’m just catching up on blogs and am so sorry to hear about your brother in law. You are so right… Cancer Sucks! Glad to hear that you are participating in the virtual run! :)


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